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Shark River Dredging Complete

  The New Jersey Department of Transportation officials recently announced the completion of three dredging projects, including the Shark River, to restore waterways in Monmouth County to navigable depths. Many of these channels in Shark River, Shrewsbury, and Keansburg had been shoaled in since Superstorm Sandy, limiting boating options, emergency response, and commercial vessel traffic in the area. These channels are now considered to be in a state of good repair for the 2018 boating season, and will provide access to enhanced recreational and economic activity for summer visitors and residents alike. NJDOT has invested $20.2 million on statewide dredging…

Memorial Day Weekend a Mix of Sun and Storms

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE The summer season started strong with a hot and sunny Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, however, everything changed. The rain, wind and cooler temperatures kept people away from the beaches. Peter Mantas, manager at Langosta Lounge and Pop’s Garage on the Asbury Park beachfront said, “It was a wonderful, busy weekend. But we have had 60 percent of what we should have had.” Mantas said Friday and Saturday were busy but many people left on Saturday afternoon. “It would have been tremendous,” he said. But Mantas was happy with what he saw and predicts a successful summer. “Its going to be the…

IT’S WHAT’S UP FOR WEEK OF MAY 31 – JUNE 6

  SOUNDS: Trashcan Sinatras at The Saint The Scottish band that’s marking its 33rd year of existence with a North American tour returns to Asbury Park’s boxcar berthplace of rock and roll (where they appeared as recently as last September) in an acoustic three-piece format TONIGHT, May 31, with a “One Night, Two Albums” program that finds the core trio (Francis Reader, John Douglas, Paul Livingston) performing their early LPs Cakeand I’ve Seen Everything in their entirety, as well as a selection of subsequent stuff. It’s a stay-seated, no-talking, “Asbury Café style” show — but fun, y’know? — and it starts in timely fashion at 7 pm, with…

Asbury Park’s got Pride of Place this weekend

  If it’s the first weekend in June — and it most certainly is, ready or not — then it’s time once again for the Jersey Pride Festival, the largest LGBTQ+ community celebration in the Garden State, and an all-welcome Asbury Park tradition that marks its frankly amazing 27th annual edition this Sunday, June 3. Centered around a vividly vibrant and ever-growing parade — as well as an all-ages festival that brings a celebratory rally, a generations-spanning mix of live music, and a full day of hometown-fair style fun to Bradley Park — the event “allows us to showcase what’s truly…

Neptune Tables 3-Hour Parking Limit on Ocean Grove’s Main Avenue

  By DON STINE An ordinance that would have imposed limited three-hour parking on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove’s business district was tabled by the Neptune Township Committee at last week’s meeting. “I am not against it but I just want more research,” Committeeman Michael Brantley said. The governing body was scheduled to vote on an ordinance imposing limited three-hour parking on Main Avenue, between Central and New York Avenues, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It would be in effect from May 15 through Sept. 15 every year. The parking restriction would have been for a three-month trial period. Brantley said he would…

Police Investigating Shooting on Main Street in Asbury Park

  Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual(s) involved in a shooting in Asbury Park on Tues., May 29. One male victim was injured, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. At approximately 4:06 p.m. on Tuesday the Asbury Park Police Department responded to the area of 1400 Main Street to a report of shots fired. Officers located a 2017 Nissan Altima which sustained a single gun-shot to the driver’s side door. The Altima was not owned by the male victim. The victim arrived at the Neptune Township Police Department at approximately 5:35 p.m., suffering from a non-life threatening gun-shot wound…

The Question is…

  The Coaster asks, “What do you think of New Jersey legalizing sports betting?”

New Home for Dream Center in Neptune

  By DON STINE The Jersey Shore Dream Center now has a new location thanks to a little help from its friends. A New Year’s Eve fire at the original Dream Center headquarters, at the Shore Christian Church at 1301 Corlies Ave., Neptune  forced the organization to move out for renovations, storing many items at Dream Center Founder Pastor Isaac Friedel’s home in Wall Township. “It was crazy. There was not a ton of damage to the property but the entire place was in shambles. We had to move all of our stuff out,” he said. Friedel said he was…

Belmar Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Bradley Beach Burglary

  On Thurs., May 17 Andre Figueroa, 37, of Belmar, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley to eight years in New Jersey State Prison with a four year period of parole ineligibility for a residential nighttime burglary in Bradley Beach, said Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Figueroa had previously been found guilty on March 9 after a three day jury trial before Oxley. On Dec. 5, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Figueroa was spotted by Bradley Beach Police Officer Andrew Redmond walking out from behind a residence on Bradley Boulevard. Figueroa was wearing a red headlamp on his head and carrying…

Offshore Drilling was Topic at Hands Across the Sand

    By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Elected officials and environmental leaders gathered in the cold rain and wind on the Bradley Beach boardwalk Saturday to express their collective disdain for the idea of offshore drilling at the seventh annual Hands Across the Sand Event. Congressman Chris Smith and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. both attended the event highlighting the bi-partisan support for prohibiting off shore drilling. “Seldom has any issue united the people of NJ, the congressional delegation, the State Legislature, and local public officials as our position on offshore oil has,” Smith said. “I am proud to stand with so…